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Understanding the Link Between Circadian Rhythms and Lower Back Pain

Understanding the Link Between Circadian Rhythms and Lower Back Pain Today, we’re delving into the intriguing connection between circadian rhythms and lower back pain. This topic is particularly timely for people who travel between time zones and for all of us who are affected when the time changes due to Daylight Savings time. The Impact of Time Changes Each year, when the time changes, I notice an influx of patients reporting increased fatigue and difficulty adjusting to the new schedule. Personally, I’m no stranger to this struggle; when my routine is disrupted, my sleep quality suffers significantly. Interestingly, this disturbance in our circadian rhythm can also contribute to lower back pain, a common issue we frequently address in our clinic. Redefining Circadian Rhythm First, let’s redefine what circadian rhythm actually means. Many people automatically associate it with sleep cycles and shift work. However, the National Institute of Health offers...

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What’s the best way to walk to avoid back pain?

What’s the best way to walk to avoid back pain? Today we’re going to go over how you’re supposed to walk. You may not know that you are walking wrong, and you could be making things worse, maybe even increasing your back pain. I’ve been doing a lot of research recently about bio-archaeology. It is about how humans developed and moved away from our ancestors. I love this topic because our spines, in particular, are of great study because they’ve changed so much versus our nearest ancestors, which would be the chimpanzee.  Chimpanzees, being our nearest primate relative, have spines that are very, very different from our spines. And it all comes down to this: humans are built to walk. Chimpanzees are built to live in trees. And so what humans have done in the course of our evolution is to change our spines to allow us to walk...

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Does the FDA really protect us from dangerous drugs?

Does the FDA really protect us from dangerous drugs? I’ve got an incredible story for today’s blog that I wanted to share. I think it’s essential for you, but I need to preface some of the stories with some background information, and today’s background information will bore you to tears. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. It’s me. So tonight’s background information concerns the FDA and the Food and Drug Administration. Have you ever heard those letters before? Then you hear about it in the news occasionally. It seems like everyone has a positive or negative connotation with the FDA these days. First, let’s dive into where it started, why it started, and maybe what it’s become. The U.S. government realized that food items, drinks, drugs, and snake oil-type things were being sold all over the place. And we needed some way to stop that because it was killing people,...

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Is Surgery The Only Option for Disc Herniations?

Is Surgery The Only Option for Disc Herniations? Here at Nightlight Chiropractic, one of my favorite patient groups in Orlando is people with disc herniations.  I love treating disc herniation patients, especially when I can help prevent them from having surgery. And this happens all the time for us here, where we run across a patient, and we’re able to get them symptom-free without having to go through any surgery. We want to keep them off the narcotics. We want to keep them from having that surgery. And I bet you right now, you’re thinking about that person you know, whether it’s your friend, your family member, maybe just some acquaintance you met one time that’s struggling with a disc herniation. They were told, “You have a disc herniation, and you have one option: surgery. Do you want it, yes or no?” I’m trying to say that...

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How to Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles at Home

How to Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles at Home In our last blog, we discussed a variety of different shoulder complaints that we do very well at treating here at our Orlando chiropractic office. I want to share a little more about the rotator cuff. First, you need to understand what the rotator cuff is and does. A lot of people use this word completely wrong. I hear rotator cup a lot—rotator cup, like a cup of coffee. I don’t know what people are hearing when we’re saying this stuff, but the rotator cuff is four muscles that come across from your back across, and they all insert into your shoulder. These muscles allow you to move your arm out and in, and they are very easy to injure. Everyone thinks these are big, healthy muscles or big, thick muscles. Actually, they’re teeny, tiny strips of muscle that...

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How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Shoulder Injuries

How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Shoulder Injuries Let’s talk about shoulder pain. Many people think of chiropractors only in the context of back pain, neck pain, and headaches because we have reams of research that prove that we do very well with these things. But it’s much less well known by the general population that chiropractors can be very effective at treating shoulders. CAUSES OF SHOULDER PAIN When we discuss shoulder pain, understand that, much like back pain, there are a lot of different causes. Your shoulder pain may not be like any of the types we will cover here. It is essential to get a correct diagnosis from your medical doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapist before you begin any treatment programs. The shoulder is a complex collection of joints, muscles, and connective tissues designed to have extra range of motion compared to our hips, but...

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